NAM Climate Grand Challenge - Associate Program Officer

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001552</strong><br /><br /><strong>About the National Academy of Medicine</strong><br />The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. The NAM serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. The NAM&rsquo;s mission is to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and globally.<br /><br /><strong>About the NAM Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity (&ldquo;Climate Grand Challenge&rdquo;)</strong><br />The Climate Grand Challenge is a recently launched, multi-year strategic initiative to improve and protect human health, well-being, and equity by working to transform systems that both contribute to and are impacted by climate change. The Climate Grand Challenge has four strategic objectives: 1) Catalyze the health sector to reduce its climate footprint and ensure its resilience; 2) Develop a roadmap report for systems transformation; 3) Accelerate research and innovation at the intersection of climate, health and equity; and 4) Communicate the climate crisis as a public health and equity crisis.<br /><br /><strong>About the Position</strong><br />The NAM seeks a highly motivated Associate Program Officer (APO) to support the execution and management of the Climate Grand Challenge and its core programs. In particular, under the guidance of senior staff, the APO will help support and advance the activities of the NAM Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector, and a forthcoming Climate Communities Network, which will convene community leaders representing those most negatively impacted by climate change to help guide and work across the Climate Grand Challenge programs.<br /><br />The APO will be expected to take action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility, but will receive guidance or expertise from higher-level staff on more complex problems. The APO will establish processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of assignments, and will have the ability to apply specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables.<br /><br />The successful candidate will be a proactive, forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions; will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of complex situations, with strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills; will have the ability to effectively balance multiple priorities; and will enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is results- and mission-driven.
Responsibilities: <p><strong>ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Project Management &amp; Administration: Under the supervision of senior staff, assists with the management of assigned program(s) or project(s). Organizes meetings and/or workshops, including developing agendas, inviting presenters and participants, preparing briefing materials and written summaries. May oversee meeting logistics and coordination, as required. Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, recruits potential committee or working group nominees, and supports coordination and communication with expert volunteer participants. Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files relevant to the project or program.</li> <li>Advanced Research &amp; Writing Activities: As required, identifies and gathers research materials and conducts background research relevant to assigned project(s) or program(s). Synthesizes research findings and technical data, determines relevance of data, and prepares background papers and technical summaries. Helps facilitate external review of publications, and edits reports or publications.</li> <li>Communication, Dissemination, and Information Management: In collaboration with communications staff, supports the development of written dissemination materials and derivative products, and helps coordinate public release activities. Participates in communication and dissemination activities, including helping identify and engage external organizations, preparing dissemination materials, and conducting dissemination meetings or events.</li> <li>Sponsor Stewardship &amp; Program Development: May assist in raising funds for current and future projects by conducting research on topics for new projects, writing proposals, and identifying potential sponsors. Where applicable, participates in managing funder/member relations.</li> <li>Mentorship and Staff Development: Mentors and may assist with supervising junior staff. Per guidance from senior staff, assigns tasks, provides guidance and feedback to junior staff, and ensures required training is accomplished. May be asked to contribute to performance reviews. Serves as a resource to support staff.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Related duties and special projects as assigned.</p> </li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong> Keen interest or expertise in topics at the intersection of climate change, human health, and equity, desired. Knowledge of technical and policy issues in health, medicine, environmental, and/or biomedical sciences. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies&rsquo; departments through effective communication. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong> Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong> Three years of related professional experience.</p> <p><strong>Preferred Education and Experience: </strong>Advanced degree in a related field (or equivalent experience).</p> <p><strong>Physical Capabilities: </strong>Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.</p> <p><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:</strong> None.</p> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong> Reports to senior program officer/program director. Sets objectives with supervisor and receives input and advice as needed. Assists in the supervision of project/program staff.</p>